When not writing, you should be reading about writing. Here are several books that I read and refer to.
I own several books about writing and editing I think every writer should have on their shelf or on their ebook reader.
The first is On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King. He offers a great deal of advice to new writers and to writers who have already been published. I’ve read this book countless times and never tire of it.
The next book is a must if you want to be organized when writing your book: Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland. She takes you through the process of selecting the type of outline that will work for you, shows how an outline won’t restrict your creativity but help to enhance it. I also have the Outlining Your Novel Workbook.
Next up, we have Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story by K.M. Weiland. She explains the structure of your novel, techniques you can use; taking you from the opening sentence to the end and what goes on in between those two points. I also have the Structuring Your Novel Workbook.
Onward! Here’s another you should own Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel that Sells by James Scott Bell. Sure, you can hire a professional editor to go through your work, but editing the manuscript first will help your editor. Even though you’re paying the editor, you aren’t their only client. Anything you can fix before sending it out is a good thing. This is also important when you send out copies to beta readers.
Another one about editing. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne, Dave King. Again, read the book, follow the advice they give.
Another book I have is How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1) by Randy Ingermanson. This was a good book and has several interesting ideas to help with your writing. Parts of this were funny and it was a fast read.
Two more I recently added to my shelf are Fire up Your Fiction: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Stories and Captivate Your Readers: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction by Jodie Renner. Again, some good information and tips in both these book.
If you are into Self-Publishing, here a few books you should add to your collection.
Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should: Updated Second Edition (Let’s Get Publishing Book 1) by David Gaughran Book 1 of 2 in the Let’s Get Publishing Series
Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let’s Get Publishing Book 2) by David Gaughran Book 2 of 2 in the Let’s Get Publishing Series
Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) (The Smarter Artist Book 1) by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
How To Market A Book (Books for Writers 1) by Joanna Penn